IAEA chief asks member states for more funds to monitor Iran nuclear deal

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 11, 2014 5:18 AM

VIENNA (Reuters) - The head of the U.N. atomic agency asked member states on Thursday for 4.6 million euros ($5.7 million) in extra funding "as soon as possible" to help pay for its monitoring of an extended nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers.

Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia failed last month to meet a self-imposed deadline to end a 12-year dispute over Tehran's nuclear program, giving themselves seven more months for diplomacy.

As a result, an interim deal reached last year will remain in force. The IAEA is tasked with checking that Iran lives up to its commitments under that preliminary accord to curb its nuclear program in exchange for some easing of sanctions.

Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told a meeting of the IAEA's 35-nation governing board about the need for extra voluntary budget contributions.

"I invite member states which are in a position to do so to make the necessary funding available as soon as possible in order to ensure smooth continuation of our activities," he told the closed-door session, according to a copy of his statement.

(Reporting by Fredrik Dahl; Editing by Janet Lawrence)